How do hops grow?

For purposes of this discussion, I am putting hops into 3 main growing groups - American types (A), British types(B), and Continental Europe type (C). This is a gross over-simplification, but this generalization is necessary to keep your attention!American type hops (A type) tend to be large robust, high yielding hops with rather long sidearms; some approaching 48 inches in length. They have...

Strawberry plants not producing

This is a question submitted to Strawberry Plants .org by a reader. See the Strawberry FAQ for more questions, or use the search box to find more information.Q: Do Strawberries Take a Year to Produce Fruit?Karen asked:Hello, I hope you can help me. I planted 24 strawberry plants this April and they finally bore some fruit. Unfortunately, the fruit is small (less than an inch) and tastes mealy. Do...

Daffodils and tulips together

Daffodils and companions: Dig less, plant more! for a fabulous spring flower displayWe've all heard the admonition to "measure twice, cut once." I have my own rule of thumb for planting bulbs in fall: Dig once, plant twice! I love daffodils, but I never plant them alone. If I'm going to dig a hole for bulbs, I want maximum results for my efforts, so daffodils and companion bulbs get planted...

What can I put on grass to keep dogs off

Old-fashioned remedy to keep dogs off your lawnAmmoniaThis one is quite simple. Mix one cup of ammonia in four litres of water and spray around the garden beds. Dogs hate the smell of this stuff so they’ll find somewhere else to do their business. It’s only cheap but it’s also potent stuff, so don’t mix it up in a closed-in environment. You can also try other strong smelling stuff such as...

Kalanchoe tomentosa panda plant

Cactus and Succulents forum: Why are my panda plant's leaves curling?I rescued this plant back in August, and I noticed recently that its younger leaves have begun to curl under. I don't believe the plant is necessarily sick, but I am under the impression I am not fulfilling its needs. It's about three meters from a tall window (I moved it to take the picture), though I believe it only receives...

Herbs in a jar

Forget the usual terracotta and (ugh!) plastic pots for container gardening. When you grow herbs in mason jars, you can have garden fresh ingredients on hand and also add some style to a sunny windowsill.Picture a row of mason jars filled with different herbs—basil, chives, parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary—dressing up your kitchen. Pretty, right? The clear glass allows you to see the...

Pumpkins rotting on vine

How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting so it Lasts All SeasonAdd to Favorites By Drea Damara – I used to run a produce business and this time of year as people searched our stock for the pumpkins they chose to take home, they would ask, “Will this pumpkin last through Thanksgiving?” Most folks want to know how to keep a pumpkin from rotting. No one wants to go to all the trouble of finding...

Dog tooth violets for sale

Dog's-tooth violet Dog’s-Tooth Violet Dog’s-tooth violet is known by a host of common names that include yellow trout lily, yellow fawn lily, and yellow adder’s tongue. No matter the name, this native woodland wildflower (which, surprisingly, is not a member of the viole…; family) is a harbinger of spring in the shade garden. It spreads slowly to form colonies of mottled strappy...

How to grow hibiscus?

Hibiscus Container Care: Growing Tropical Hibiscus In ContainersAlso known as Chinese hibiscus, tropical hibiscus is a flowering shrub that displays big, showy blooms from spring through autumn. Growing tropical hibiscus in containers on a patio or deck is a good option; hibiscus performs best when its roots are slightly crowded. Read on to learn more about tropical hibiscus container...

How to tell if bell peppers are bad?

Food Storage - How long can you keep...Tips How long do raw bell peppers last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep bell peppers refrigerated at all times. To maximize the shelf life of raw bell peppers, store in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper of refrigerator. Green bell peppers will usually last longer...